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Behold, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a Son and they shall call Him Emmanuel — which, when translated, means, God with us (Matthew 1:23)
It’s totally possible to have someone sitting right next to you everyday and never really know them. It’s shamefully easy to do.
It’s that way with God, too. God is with us. He’s right here, whether or not we acknowledge that or not. The difference is whether or not you’ll see Him , or miss Him altogether.
Draw near to God (James 4:8)
We have to take time to acknowledge God as Lord. We have to take time to talk to Him. When we draw near to Him, He draws near to us.
There’s no feeling like the feeling of snuggling up close to our earthly Daddy. It just fills you up and puts you in a delicious place in your heart to be that close. It’s the same way with our Heavenly Daddy. Snuggle up close and stay there.
Listen, God is here. He is. He’s closer than the air we breathe. He’s all around you.
Today is Christmas Eve. It’s the day before we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us. It’s the day before the party. My little girl told someone yesterday that she was so excited for Jesus’ party.
Take some time to snuggle up close, pray and set your heart on Him. Praise Him. Thank Him. He came for you.
Take a look around and you’ll see Him.
God, it’s so easy for us to get distracted this time of year and miss seeing You. Thank You for being so close. I see you. I hand over everything – the distractions of thinking this is all about me. I give you my heart this season to bring You glory in everything that I do and say – to praise You and thank You for who You are and for the way You love me so deeply, so passionately, so well. In Jesus name. Amen.
In this season of my life I am finding such deep, deep joy in the smallest of things along with the big ones. I don’t want to blink and miss one tiny kiss from my Heavenly Daddy. I don’t want to miss Him in the everyday.
The other day, I was rocking a sweet baby that was tired and wanted me to hold him. I began to sing to him about Jesus and he immediately relaxed and listened. He turned his sweet little face up toward me watching and listening as he smiled the sweetest little smile and started slowly blinking off to sleep. Seriously brought tears to my eyes as I looked at that sweet face and began praying for him, his life as a future Christ follower, his family and loved ones.
When I see Daddy moments (which is all the time) I like to say, “I see You, Daddy”
Merry CHRISTmas y’all.
Praise Immanuel, God IS with us! He’s EVERYWHERE, ALL the time. We just have to be watching and listening.